Colloquium Fall 2012


COLLOQUIUM / September 27-December 6, 2012

The UCSB Department of Art & College of Creative Studies presents The COLLOQUIUM, beginning on Thursday, September 27th. The COLLOQUIUM offers a wide range of voices exploring the topics of contemporary art, theory, and cultural production. Presentations are provided by emerging and established visiting artists, as well as members of UCSB’s own distinguished Art faculty. All lectures are free and open to the public, held every Thursday of the Fall quarter, from 5:00 to 6:50 at Embarcadero Hall or Pollock Theater.



9/27/2012 Richard Ross

Richard Ross is a photographer and professor of Art at UCSB. His most recent work, Juvenile In Justice, turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.Ross’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; National Building Museum, Washington D.C; Aperture Gallery, New York; and ACME. Gallery, Los Angeles


10/4/2012 Jane Mulfinger & Stephanie Washburn

Jane Mulfinger is an artist, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at UCSB. She is an avid collector of human artifacts, engaging her audience in visceral and perceptual reflections on the significances of human activity in site-specific installations, performance, and sculpture. Publications have included Flash Art (Italian version), Art and Design, Contemporary Visual Art, Untitled, The Economist, The Times (London) and The Guardian. Most recently, she has collaborated with artist/writer Stephanie Washburn on a series of papers and exhibitions based on their mutual interest in humor in contemporary art.

Stephanie Washburn works in various media including drawing, painting, photography, and video. In her latest series Reception, Washburn combines domestic everyday materials and televised imagery to stage a series of photographs. She received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara, where she teaches painting. Washburn has been included in exhibitions at Davidson Art Center; Los Angeles Municipal Gallery; Museum of Art, Design, and Architecture; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She is represented by Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.


10/11/2012 Eric Beltz

Playfully macabre and fiercely humorous, Eric Beltz¹s hypnotically detailed drawings recast stories and characters from colonial American history in a grayscale psychedelia. Beltz is represented by Acuña-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. He received his MFA in 2004 from UC Santa Barbara, where he currently teaches drawing and painting. His work has been featured in Flaunt Magazine and in several group shows in Los Angeles, New York, and England.


10/18/2012 Daniel Eisenberg

Daniel Eisenberg is a documentary and experimental filmmaker and faculty in the Film Video and New Media Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His work deals with subjects of history, memory, and trauma as well as how events themselves are disrupted, dislocated and reconsidered. His work has been exhibited/screened at Museum of Modern Art, NY; University of Amsterdam; Goldsmiths College, University of London; Musee National d’Art Moderne, and more.


10/25/2012 Amir Fallah

Amir H. Fallah is an artist, creative director and publisher of the contemporary arts magazine Beautiful/Decay ( His own works range from painting, drawing and sculpture, evoking a similarly fresh, brightly colored aesthetic that addresses a nexus of idiosyncratic topics. His exhibits include shows at Cherry And Martin, 31 Grand, Overtones, The Third Line, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and The Sharjah Biennial.


11/1/2012 Kevin Appel

Kevin Appel is an artist based out of Los Angeles and a Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies at the University of California Irvine. Appel’s artwork occupies spaces within and between the practices of abstract painting and architecture. His current paintings are large abstractions painted on large-scale printed photographs of Appel’s own taking. His recent solo exhibitions include Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City (2012), ACME. Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland (2008).


11/8/2012 Sam Durant

Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has been included in the Panamá, Sydney, Venice and Whitney Biennales. Durant teaches art at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.


11/15/2012 Gerard Minakawa


11/29/2012 Ellen Rothenberg

Ellen Rothenberg’s work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. Her installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements and their residual documents to interrogate contemporary political engagement and social dialogue. Her work has been presented in the US and Europe at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; the Royal Festival Hall, London; and the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


12/6/2012 Lucy Raven

Lucy Raven is an artist, filmmaker, writer and editor based in New York. She primarily works with animation and the moving image. Her recent photographic animation, China Town, has been screening at art, film, and industrial sites internationally, most recently at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bradford International Film Festival, UK; and the Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada. Her work was also included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Raven teaches at the School of Visual Arts in the Art Criticism and Writing Program.